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5E’s of How To Get Off Welfare


When the Great Depression happened in this country and over half of the country abled bodied worker were unemployed President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Social Security Act was enacted in 1935.  This Act was a social act loss given to families to subsidize the loss of an income producing father. Welfare encompasses those government programs that provide benefits and economic assistance to no or low income Americans. It can also be defined as financial assistance to poor Americans  supplied by paid taxes of the working class. One of the main goals of welfare US is to improve the quality of life and living standards for the poor and underprivileged. Welfare help is usually extended to people groups other than just the poor and underprivileged such as the elderly, the disabled, students, and unpaid workers, such as mothers and caregivers.  The intent of welfare in its inception was great, but the results has been a catastrophe because now there is massive abuse from abled body people not wanting to do anything different.

Below are some of the main welfare programs being abused by abled body people

Welfare programs available in the United States include: Medicaid, Food Stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Head Start, Work Study, and Medicare. Social Security, often times called an entitlement program, is also considered one of the welfare programs in the U.S.. TANF is probably one of the most recognized and abused of the welfare programs. Formerly known as Aid to Families with Dependant Children (AFDC), TANF was a reform measure for this program. No longer a lifelong program as AFDC was, TANF limits welfare benefits to a specified period of time. The states set these limitations, and most state’s plans terminate TANF benefits after five years.  The clock of TANF stops and even starts over when a women is pregnant with a new child.


My process steps below are intended for abled body people to have a means to get off the welfare system with my 5E’s.



If only environments you know are the ones that is keeping you in poverty, then those are the environments you will want.   Normally those receipts on welfare assistance collaborate with others in the same situation.  The adage, “Birds of a feather flock together.”  If you want more you must expose yourself to more.  If nothing is what you shot for, then nothing is what you will hit.  Intentionally seek friendships, programs and associations with people that are not on or about welfare.  This means you need to start hanging out with the opposite of people you currently hang with because you want to expand not disband your life.  For starters catch the bus, cab or drive to a wealthy area and observe their parks, houses, malls and daily life in their communities.  This should spark a noticeable difference to you in your head about your own situation.




*Take advantage of free classes offered to you *Read about 30 minutes every day*Watch a TED talk *Read up on “funny” material* Learn a new word everyday* Watch documentaries * Take up a new language * Follow blogs *Do crossword puzzles *Join a reading clubs.  If you are going to get more in your hip pocket you got to get more in your head socket.  To earn more you need to learn more.  Formal classroom learning may not be the route for you at first, but you can start reading books, magazines and googling areas of your learning interest now. Remember whatever you learn new is education and this can be done without traditional classrooms.   Inform yourself about topics like business, housing, politics, money, fitness and health as starters.


You need to become motivated to be delivered off welfare like it is a disease.   Often times the mood of those on welfare is of the groom and doom.  I believe that you receive into your life what type of emotions you give out.  Find a few things you can be absolutely excited about and think on those things every day.  I recommend that you bring your own weather with you because it is enough rainy weather in our world that pulls our attitudes down.  When the going gets tough the tough get more excited about their goals of success.  Saturate your walls with pictures of happiness, get a happy apt on your phone, start watching exciting movies, listen to exciting speakers all to keep you in a state of excitement.  You need high energy emotions to break through the gloom and doom that welfare brings.



Start your journey off welfare with a vision broad of exploration.  Find people, pictures of places and things you see as successful and develop a timeline to getting there.  You may not be off welfare completely by the time you get to this stage, but explore places you want to end up now.  Having an end in mind is highly important for you to break this cycle.  You may not go to new places physically, so let your fingers do the traveling on google and find out how others outside your circle of influence really live.  Without a vision your emancipation from welfare is not possible.  Explore new places, gain new friends, read new books, go to new schools, go to new places of worship and find new people that can mentor you in moving toward success.  Develop some new habits like hang gliding, mountain climbing, parachuting or anything that elevates your view of our world.  Make sure your vision board goals stretch you so far that you become a different person in process of obtaining your explorations before you get there.


Many recipients — particularly the “long-term” dependents — welfare clearly pays substantially more than an entry-level jobs.  “In 33 states and the District of Columbia, welfare pays more than an $8-an-hour job” says Michael Tanner a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.   In 12 states and DC, the welfare package is more generous than a $15-an-hour job.  Usually a recipient with little to no education would be hard pressed to give up the luxury welfare.  Nevertheless, you must because of your independence.  An acronym for job to many welfare recipients is just over broke.  Many times you were broke before you got the job and it feels like you are just over that while employed.  One way to change this is to begin looking at yourself as an independent business professional looking for partnerships.  If those partnerships are traditional employment fine, but it is wise to start a small generating business now.  My recommendations are for you to start your own business.  Find out what you are good at whether it is a product or service, and start generating some income.  You are not trying to hit a home run with this small business, just think about getting on base and in the future taking it further.  You want to begin making your own money and paying your way which grows your mindset to stay independent of welfare.


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    Skyler Wiseman


    Jarvis, this post was so envirgorating, earnest, exploratory, and engaging about the economy. Excellent!


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